I have planned to explore a new destination somewhere not too far away. I used the help of Google Earth. After searching in the vicinity of my home, I found something promising in the distance of approximately 1 hour.
The X marks the spot... so I drove there without any further information and I was not disappointed.
The habitat proved to be very beautiful and so I was able to start the search for critters. A cute semiadult Common Toad (Bufo bufo) made the start. Followed by a young Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis).
At the end of the day trip I discovered gold: this magnificent Barred Grass Snake (Natrix helvetica). It was my first encounter with this species!